Duke et Duchess opens in Hayes Valley

BY Damion Matthews - June 8, 2008


Duke et Duchess opens in Hayes Valley,

One of our favorite FOSFL’s (Friend-of-SFLuxe, darling!) stopped by the festive Duke Et Duchess opening party on May 29 and reported back with rave reviews.

Duke et Duchess opens in Hayes Valley,
Paolo Iantorno, Irja Carrie, Fernando Barahona

Owners Paolo Iantorno and Fernando Barahona (Architectural Developer & Designer of the space) were all smiles as they welcomed the more than 300 revelers onto the lavish red carpet and into the hip boutique. Paolo and Fernando are local philanthropists with a special angle dedicated, we are told, towards a very favorite Bay Area charity organization but more on that a little later back to the party.

Duke et Duchess opens in Hayes Valley,
Gurbaksh “G” Chahal, with friend

Lucky invitation-only guests sipped on bottomless glasses of Grgich Hills chardonnay, Lotus Vodka & nonalcoholic LIVE Energy drink, and munched Mas Sake sushi bites including the Nikki Boom and Jessica’s Favorite.

Duke et Duchess opens in Hayes Valley,
Mireille Schwartz and Claudia Ross
Duke et Duchess opens in Hayes Valley,
Hooman Altafi, Princess Fati Farmanfarmaian, and Michael McKenna
Duke et Duchess opens in Hayes Valley,
Joe Hess and Jenevieve Randall of Glodow Nead Communications

As the upscale denim boutique filled to capacity and beyond, guests mingled outside under the stars enjoying a private performance by San Francisco’s own Chris Clouse.

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Up next for Duke co-owners is support from the heart for a local non-profit, Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board (www.allergysf.com). They feel it’s the perfect fit to give something back within their Community-at-Large, and an end of Summer launch gala for this charity with fashionable support from Paolo & Fernando will no doubt provide SFLuxe readers with a philanthropic story and shiny new photos…